Conferva polymorpha Linnaeus 1753: 1167
Published in: Linnaeus, C. (1753). Species plantarum, exhibentes plantas rite cognitas, ad genera
relatas, cum differentiis specificis, nominibus trivialibus, synonymis selectis, locis natalibus, secundum systema sexuale digestas. Vol. 2 pp. [i], 561-1200, [1-30, index], [i, err.]. Holmiae [Stockholm]: Impensis Laurentii Salvii.
A type species for this genus does not appear to have been designated.
Status of name
This name is currently regarded as a synonym of Ceramium virgatum Roth
No synonyms are currently included in AlgaeBase.
Silva, Basson & Moe (1996): "Another earlier homonym [of Ceramium fastigiatum Harvey, 1834b: 303-304] is C. fastigiatum Roth (1800a: 463), a superfluous name for Conferva polymorpha Linnaeus (1753: 1167; type locality: "in Mari Europaeo"). The identity of the species to which C. polymorpha applies is equivocal. Ellis (1768: 424, pl. XVIII: figs. a, A, b, B, B1) described and figured an alga by this name (but without authorship) that clearly is representative of Polysiphonia, and on this basis Duby (1830: 965) made the combination P. polymorpha (Linnaeus) Duby. Tandy (1931), however, presented evidence that Linnaeus had in hand a green alga of uncertain identity. A third earlier homonym is Ceramium fastigiatum Roussel (1806: 87; type locality: Calvados, France), applied to a species of unknown identity."
This is a marine species.
Source of current name
Spencer, M.A., Irvine, L.M. & Jarvis, C.E. (2009). Typification of Linnaean names relevant to algal nomenclature. Taxon 58: 237-260.
Created: 08 August 2001 by M.D. Guiry
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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2019. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 24 February 2019.